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this is bbc news, the headlines: president donald trump is under pressure from a congressional commitee which has demanded documents from dozens of people, including his son, donald junior, welcome to bbc news, to examine allegations broadcasting to viewers that the president obstructed in north america justice and abused his powers. and around the globe. he denies any wrongdoing. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: turning up the pressure on trump. after days of protests a congressional committee demands documents from dozens against his decision to seek a fifth of people to examine allegations that the president term in office, the algerian president abdelaziz bouteflika has registered as a candidate in elections to be held next month. obstructed justice. but in what seems to be a major concession, he's suggested he would only serve one more year if he won the vote. the husband of british teenager shamima begum who joined almost five years after the so—called islamic state, malaysia airlines flight mh370 disappeared, the malaysian tells the bbc he wants them to live government has said it's in the netherlands. open to continuing the search if companies submit credible proposals to find the aircraft. five years after the disappearance of flight mh370, malaysia's government says it would consider restarting the search for the missing plane. and the generation across the divide. how children born after northern ireland's peace agreement are trying to unite their the plane vanished in 2014 when travelling from kuala lumpur to beijing but the mission to find the wreckage was suspended divided communities. indefinitely last year.
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in the united states, the head of an influential committee in the democrat—controlled house of representatives, says he wants to see documents alleging obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by donald trump, and his aides. committee chairman jerrold nadler, a democrat, has requested information from more than 60 people and organisations, but he says it's too early to talk about trying to impeach the president. we are starting this investigation. we will — tomorrow, we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals, from the white house to the department ofjustice, donald trumer, allen weisselberg, to begin investigations to present the case to the american people about obstruction ofjustice, corruption and abuse of power.
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so that would includejohn kelly, the former chief of staff, don mcgahn, the former white house counsel? i would imagine. i mean, i don't have the list in front of me, but we will be releasing the list tomorrow of over 60 entities, people, et cetera. 0ur correspondent in washington, chris buckler, has more on the grounds for mr nadler‘s inquiry. well, he says he's basing it on things that have already come into the public domain, even things that donald trump himself has said. however, you're right to point out that he says that they are not pursuing impeachment at this stage. however, when you listen to that full interview on abc tv, it was very clear that mr nadler is thinking about impeachment in the longer term. in fact, he said, before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the american public that it ought to happen. and what we're seeing here are democrats really trying
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to gather as much information and evidence as they can against president trump. so he is talking about making requests for documents from a whole range of different people. he mentioned the white house, he mentioned the department ofjustice, but he also mentioned specifically a man called allen weisselberg. now, he's not somebody that may be known to a lot of people, but he is the chief financial officer of the trump organisation. and allen weisselberg was specifically mentioned by michael cohen during the evidence he gave last week to congress, suggesting he had information about some of president trump's business dealings, that he had some information that might be relevant to some of the inquiries they are having. so it gives you a sense of what democrats are doing here, as they try to investigate president trump beyond just this robert mueller report, that we're waiting to hear the details of, but more specifically what they're trying to do in congress. that was chris buckler, and there is much more on our website.
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several tornadoes in the united states have killed at least 14 people and left many injured. they hit the states of alabama and georgia on sunday afternoon, damaging homes, buildings and trees over a wide area. more than 35,000 people are without power. several people have been taken to a hospital with serious injuries and authorities say the number of victims could rise. an islamic state fighter who married the british teenager shamima begum has told the bbc that he wants to return to his native netherlands with his wife and child. the couple met days after the teenager arrived in syria to support is. yago riedijk, who's in a kurdish detention centre, faces a six yearjail sentence if he travels home. 0ur middle east correspondent quentin sommerville has this exclusive report from north—east syria. of course, i would love to go back to my own country, which i now understand
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the privileges that i lived with. you know, the privilege of living there as a citizen and, of course, i understand that many people have a problem with what i did and i totally understand that. i have to take responsibility for what i did, serve my sentence. you married her when she was 15 years old... correct. ..how in any way is that acceptable, you were, what, 23? ithink so, yeah, i remember. and you thought that was ok? to be honest, when my friend came in and said there was a girl, she was interested in marriage, i wasn't really interested because of her age but i accepted the offer anyways. so it was acceptable for you to marry a 15—year—old girl? it was her own choice. she was the one who asked to look
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for a partnerfor her. when i spoke to her last week, she had just given birth. their marriage was arranged by is. they had three children, but only the newborn, jarrah, survives. you know she has been stripped of her british citizenship, she's viewed as a danger and someone who's undesirable to britain. so why do you think holland would welcome her? she is...i don't understand how she would in any form be a danger, when all she did was she sat in a house with three years, took care of me, took care of my children. she never had anything to do. can you give me a sense of what daily life was like inside raqqa? you must have witnessed beheadings? actually i never witnesses a beheading, no. i've actually witnessed a stoning once. and i have seen people who have been executed, not the execution itself,
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and that's about it. do you realise that when you say, someone whojoined the islamic state willingly, married someone in the islamic state, fought for the islamic state, when you say that you are a victim, that is sickening. 0k. what can i say? i lived a miserable life. i was imprisoned. i was tortured. i lived in fear... how can i see that as... it was my fault for going, yeah... but...i'm not... i did not come out of it as a winner in any way, the last years of my life. shamima begum no longer has
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a passport or her citizenship, she is also without her husband. she is being held in an internment camp not very farfrom his prison. kurdish officials say there are no plans to reunite the two. quentin sommerville, bbc news, syria let's get some of the day's other news. president trump says the reason he wanted to end joint military exercises with south korea was to save hundreds of millions of dollars in costs, though he also suggested it could reduce tensions with north korea. the pentagon and the south korean military confirmed on saturday they were ending large—scale joint exercises. smaller—scale drills will now take place. a senior executive of the chinese tech company huawei is suing the canadian authorities in relation to her arrest at vancouver airport last year. lawyers for meng wanzhou say she was unlawfully detained. she faces charges linked to the alleged violation of us sanctions against iran, which she denies. ms meng was arrested at the request of the united states in december.
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the opposition centre—right reform party has won estonia's parliamentary elections. its leader, kaja kallas, is now poised to become the country's first female prime minister. reform polled just under 29% of the vote, well ahead of the governing centre—left centre party. after days of nationwide protests against his decision to seek a fifth term in office, algeria's president has formally registered himself as a candidate in elections to be held next month. but abdelaziz bouteflika appears to have made a significant concession, suggesting that he will only serve one more year if he wins the vote. this report from jon donnison contains flash photography. once again, mass protests on the streets of algiers. riot police deployed to contain the crowd. these demonstrations have been going on now for ten days. they want to see the back of this
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man, president abdelaziz bouteflika. his critics regard him as a dictator. he's had a firm grip on power for almost 20 years and his determination to secure another term in office in april's presidential elections, is what's provoked these latest protests. these pictures are from several years ago and these days, the president is rarely seen in public. he is currently in switzerland for medical tests, having suffered a stroke six years ago. but tonight, on algerian state television, a newsreader read out a letter from the 82—year—old leader saying if he were to win the election, he wouldn't serve
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a full term and would hold a fresh vote within a year. the question is, whether the demonstrators would accept this apparent concession. there have been protests in european capitals, the biggest in france, which has a large algerian diaspora. this was paris on sunday. translation: the people who govern, we don't even know who they are. they're in the shadows, big mafia, big everything you want, so you have to stop. we need justice, equality and clarity. we need a republic, we need democracy and freedom. translation: there are no transparent elections in algeria. the administration does everything. elections are rigged. unlike many of its neighbours, algeria was relatively untouched by the so—called arab spring. but seven years on, these algerians are ready for change. john donnison, bbc news. the russian government says it will do everything possible
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to prevent a us military intervention against president maduro in venezuela. earlier, the venezuelan opposition leader, juan guaido, who's in ecuador, called for new protests against the government this week. the self—declared interim president is due to return home to take part in the demonstrations on monday and tuesday. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the ancient burial site that is one of the seven wonders of the middle ages. how each of has saved these catacombs. —— egypt. first, the plates slid gently off the restaurant tables. then suddenly, the tables, the chairs and people crashed sideways and downwards, and it was just a matter of seconds as the ferry lurched onto her side. the hydrogen bomb. on a remote pacific atoll, the americans had successfully tested a weapon
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whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. i had heard the news earlier, and so my heart went bang, bang, bang! the constitutional rights of these marchers are their rights as citizens of the united states, and they should be protected even in the right to test them out, so that they don't get their heads broken and are sent to hospital. this religious controversy — i know you don't want to say too much about it — but does it worry you it's going to boil up when you get to the states? well, it worries me, yeah. i hope everything will be all right in the end, as they say. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: donald trump is under pressure from a senior democrat us congressman, who's investigating whether the president and his aides obstructed justice.
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the british government is continuing its efforts to win round brexiteer politicians, including the ten democratic unionist mps from northern ireland. their leader at westminster, nigel dodds, has said his party must see significant change to theresa may's proposed withdrawal agreement, regarding the so—called northern ireland backstop. that's the measure designed to prevent the return of physical border checks in ireland, if talks on future trade fail. and the importance of the backstop has been highlighted by northern ireland's most senior police officer. in 1998, the signing of the good friday agreement brought a measure of peace to the british province, but chief constable, george hamilton, says politics there are now "more polarised and more entrenched" than 20 years ago. as part of the bbc‘s crossing divides season, our home editor mark easton, reports from belfast. rebecca is from a protestant
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area in belfast. naomi lives in a catholic district. but like 93% of children in northern ireland, to this day, they go to segregated schools and they live in segregated neighbourhoods. until recently, neither girl had any friends from the other side of the wall. hi. i think she's just so funny! she isjust, like, such a friendly person. you wouldn't normally think that when you look at her! it's not often that two people from two different communities would be able to come together and have such a good friendship. i was in belfast to report on the signing of the good friday agreement 21 years ago, a time of hope that the sectarian divide which scarred this beautiful land could be healed. but there are now more walls like this than there were back then, and they're longer and higher than ever. the work to bring true and lasting peace in northern ireland remains urgent.
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i'm going to squeeze and you're going to pass that squeeze on. in recent years, hundreds of millions in eu funds have been spent supporting peace projects, focusing on northern ireland's children. most of the teenagers on this course have never had a meaningful encounter with someone from across the religious divide. yes! we are all the same, one way or another. it's just the way that we are brought up and the way we were brought up. i was always told that, like, catholics were bad people compared to protestants. like, i never spoke to anybody from the other community and now i do, i speak to them everyday. what can be done to change the narrative, to change the story, rather than instilling fear in children? in londonderry, parents are taught how to avoid passing on unconscious prejudice to the next generation. one of my first things, obviously being from a catholic background and community, is that protestants are different.
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this is our chance to try and break the mould, you know, open them up to different cultures and stuff like that. the history of the troubles is not generally taught in northern ireland schools. too provocative. but confronting events like bloody monday, the claudy bombing in county derry, is now seen as important for true reconciliation. there is glass, there chaos, there's people with bandages. oh, my god! doctor dicken looks at my ankle and he says, that's a hospital case. half the cast of this production at the derry playhouse, have close personal links to the deaths of children in the troubles. their testimonies, weaved into a performance, hailed as a cathartic event for them and the wider community. for the first time i was able to tell what happened to me, and to catherine and others, in claudy on the 31st ofjuly, 1972. if you can change your mindset about the troubles and their actions, then
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we might have a chance of having a peaceful time, a peaceful life. helping across the divides of northern ireland is more than just bringing people together. it's about seeing the world through the eyes of the other. it takes effort, it takes courage. mark easton, bbc news, northern ireland. i don't even like that! head to our website for more on the bbc‘s special season on bringing people together across divides. do you live in a social bubble? there's an interactive quiz that could help you find out. that's all at bbc. com/crossingdivides. you can also download the bbc news app. an award—winning greek photojournalist with the reuters news agency, yannis behrakis, has died of cancer at the age of 58. in a career spanning 30 years, mr behrakis covered conflicts around the world. he captured kurdish refugees, fleeing near the iraqi—turkish
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border in the i990s. more recently his photos of syrian refugees crossing into europe won a pulitzer prize. martina navratilova has apologised for language she used about tra nsgender athletes. the tennis champion used the term "cheating" when discussing whether the athletes should be allowed to compete in women's sport. she says she's been "vilified" as "transphobic" since the comment. the space x dragon capsule has successfully docked with the international space station. nasa is hoping that it could be used to take people into space from us soil for the first time since the shuttle was decommissioned, eight years ago. karen allen has more. mission control: two metres away... 248 miles above earth, and this was the moment the spacex dragon capsule successfully docked onto the international
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space station. capture confirmed. applause and cheering. the applause signalled a sense of relief. ignition, lift—off. it was just over 2a hours earlier, here in florida, that a clear night sky offered a spectacular view of the falcon—9 rocket blasting the capsule into space, ahead of a scheduled manned flight later this year. for now, though, the mannequin on the left — nicknamed ‘ripley‘, inspired by the film alien — was the only passenger on board. here, the first pictures of the scientists from the international space station entering the capsule. there he is, david inside... the spacex dragon is expected to re—enter the earth's atmosphere on friday, bringing the possibility of commercial space travel one giant leap closer to becoming a reality. karen allen, bbc news. almost five years after malaysia airlines flight mh370 disappeared,
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the malaysian government has said it's open to continuing the search. the plane vanished in 2014, but the mission to find the wreckage was suspended indefinitely last year. sylvia lennan—spence reports. a memorial to mark the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of malaysia airlines flight mh370. family and friends of the passengers marked the occasion by lighting candles and planting trees. 239 people were on board the boeing 777 when it vanished en route from kuala lumpur to beijing. so far, two wide—ranging search missions exploring the seabed of the southern indian ocean have yet to find the missing aircraft, and the last hunt was suspended in 2018. now, the malaysian government says it is willing to explore further options. if there are any credible leads and any specific proposals, especially from ocean infinity, we are more than willing to look at them, and we are prepared
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to discuss with them every proposal. only a few fragments of mh370 have ever been found, all of them on western indian ocean shores. the long—awaited final report into the disappearance failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving the families of those on board angry and disappointed. there is no closure until the plane is found, until we exactly know what happened to the aircraft, and to our loved ones on board. we have absolutely no idea why it disappeared, and where it is. and that's not a happy situation to be, for you, for me, and for anybody in the world, and for everybody who flies to their destinations, day in and day out. now, malaysia will wait for firms to come forward with new leads and proposals, sparking hopes from relatives that one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries can finally be solved.
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egypt has said that it completed its restoration of the kom el—shoqafa catacombs. the ancient burial site, whose name translates as "mound of shards", for the pieces of terra cotta visitors would leave behind after paying their respects, had been threated by rising water. kim gittleson reports. this is one of the seven wonders of the middle ages. a multi—storey catacombs, at risk of being permanently destroyed by flooding. it was discovered nearly a century ago, accidentally. eversince, archaeologist fought to preserve its mixture of egyptian and greco—roman style is from rising water. translation: kom el-shoqafa is an
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area of antiquity suffering from water contamination since its discovery. there have been a lot of attem pts discovery. there have been a lot of attempts from preventing the water from entering, the most important in 1995 but unfortunately the water rose again. after a two year multimillion dollar effort, funded in part by the us government, the site will now be protected. translation: we dig six wales, 32 metres deep, to gather all the underground water, to transfer it to a nearby canal and then to the sea. this is how we got rid of the water. the effort is part of a larger bid to boost tourism in egypt, hurt since the arab spring. now it is hoped they can to the depths of egypt's burial site for many years to come.
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thousands of dancers have been putting their best foot forward in the brazilian capital, rio de janeiro, for the annual samba competition — a highlight of the city's carnival celebrations. fourteen samba schools are participating in this year's festivities, hoping their choreography, costu mes a nd extravaga nt floats will earn them the top award from judges. the performances are all themed, with some paying tribute to key figures who have fought for the country's marginalised black and indigenous communities. carnival lasts until wednesday, when the religious period of lent begins. a very colourful carnival. and before we go, we'd like to show you with these pictures of six tiger cubs in china. the cubs, three male and three female, were born to two mothers injanuary. multiple births of the endangered species are very rare in one zoo. according to the zoo—keepers they are all in good health and are fed six times a day. they are getting lots of exercise
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and are very spirited. very, very cute. stay with us on bbc news. hello again. we had a stormy end to the weekend. in fact, storm freya is still across our shores, there's still the potential for the next few hours of hazardous conditions of travelling, because we've got the heavy rain, some snow, especially over the hills, but even to lower levels. and those gales, really packing a punch. severe gales in places. this is that tell—tale area of cloud. storm freya, which is going to move out quite quickly through the early hours of monday into the north sea. before it does clear out the way, we've still got the remnants of the rain in the south, strong and gusty winds, very lively winds, even inland,
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and we have seen that fell trees. then we've got that heavy rain and gale force winds driving down the north sea coast again. pretty chilly behind it, with frost in northern and western areas. i suppose the potential is there for a bit of ice first thing. otherwise, a much brighter start than we had on sunday. that sunshine continues, but with it comes the increased risk of showers developing in the afternoon. that will obviously temper the way that things feel. plenty of showers for the northern and western isles, coming into mainland scotland eventually, into northern ireland and across england and wales. the potential for wintry weather over the hills, certainly hail and thunder. if you shelter from the breeze in the sunshine you will start to feel the effect of that strengthening march sunshine. lots of showers continuing through the coming night. we could see lengthy spells of rain and hill snow as well. quite chilly, we will see a touch of frost. fairly localised.
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low pressure dominates the weather as we go into tuesday. storm freya well and truly off into scandinavia, but with low pressure still keeping things unsettled, there will be showers or longer spells of rain, centred across northern parts of the uk. hill snow as well. that will tend to ease in the south ahead of this next area of rain which is our next area of low pressure. midweek looks set to turn very much more unsettled once again with more widespread rain or heavy showers. strong winds for a time, and yes, a more lengthy spell of snow, potentially, as that weather system comes into that cold air across the northern half of the country. that is something we will keep our eyes on. milder airfollowing behind and heavy showers, hail and thunder and gusty winds as well. a tale of two halves on wednesday. so it does look much more unsettled than last week. they will be chilly weather towards the end of the week when that quietens down. 00:28:57,179 --> 2147483051:51:13,304 in the meantime, the warnings 2147483051:51:13,304 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 are on the website.
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